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Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Galveston, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
80F / 27C
Total Time = 6h 20m 4s
Overall Rank = 1422/2263
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 74/123
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4am. Drank 1 Ensure, 1 banana and 2 pieces of bread spread with Nutella. Started sipping on water. Showered got dressed and headed down about 5:45 to transistion. Stayed at Moody Gardens so that was nice to just walk down and be there.
  • 43m 25s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 15s / 100 meters

I enjoyed this swim more than I thought. I went to watch the pros come in and hung around away from the swim start for awhile. I realized I saw no orange caps and looked again and saw them on the pier about to jump in the water so I hustled over just in time to jump in before the gun. I feel that helped my anxiety by not standing around before the start. Didn't mean to do it though. It was croweded until I made the turn at the first buoy. Then I got comfortable and calm and focused on my pace. It wasn't long before the men 45-49 came up behind me and then it got crowded again but I didn't let it get to me. The only time I came up to somewhat doggie paddle was when I came up on someone or someone crossed in front of me. That was a big deal for me because in the past I would come up a lot and doggie paddle to relax myself. Once I made the last turn I was so excited. I came out of the water on a high and was smiling ear to ear. Not the fastest swim I have had in open water but definitely the best I felt.
What would you do differently?:

Swim closer to the bouys...get faster
Transition 1
  • 03m 37s

I was happy to see strippers because the day before they said there weren't any. They were quick and I ran the whole way to my bike. I took a little longer in transistion but this was my first and I knew I was about to be on the bike for 3+ hours so I didn't care. I saw my support group and ran over to them to say hello. Then out I went. I remembered last year there were volunteers putting sunscreen on people when they went out on the bike and there weren't any this year. I had sprayed sunscreen earlier before the swim so I definitely needed more.
What would you do differently?:

Not take my time and have sunscreen there as well
  • 3h 21m 2s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.71 mile/hr

I enjoy riding this distance but man this seemed forever because there were no more turns once you hit the seawall. The wind wasn't bad I thought going out and I feel I could have gone faster but this was my first HIM and I did not want to ruin my run. I needed to use the bathroom as soon as I turned onto the seawall. I knew there would be a few cans at one of the aide stations so I obviously waited. I had an aerobottle full of Perform, a 24oz bottle of Perform, a 24oz bottle of water, an EFS shot and a Stinger Waffle. I had used all this in training and it worked for me so I was hoping I wouldn't have to grab anything from the volunteers at the aide stations. Especially because I have heard about people getting pulled down trying to grab a bottle. I ended up throwing a bottle to a volunteer at the second aide station and successfully grabbing an extra water bottle. I saw the cans at that station but there were a few people waiting so I decided there might be a few more later and kept going. Was hoping to see my friends at the entrance of Pirates Beach, but I am sure they were sleeping because they had partaken in a bachelorette party the night before. It was nice to see people on the course cheering though. I thought surely when I hit the toll booth we were turning around soon after, but no way. Kept going and I thought I am going to Freeport but then I saw the turnaround. Not far after the turnaround I saw a can off by itself and I took full advantage. Number 1, not number 2. This helped me so much plus I had the wind at my back and I was off again. I wish I would have gone harder on the way in but again I was nervous to mess up the run. Really was a fun course and actually drove back to Houston on the course out to show my mom. Even in a car it seemed forever!
What would you do differently?:

Work on my strength and push harder
Transition 2
  • 04m 17s

Again, came in smiling from ear to ear because I just couldn't believe I was doing it. I was so happy to have not had a flat because I saw many people changing their tubes. Ran with bike to the rack. Took my time again. Ran over to my group and hugged them. I was told my ass was white from all the salt. Happy to see them and very excited to start my favorite leg of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Not taken so long
  • 2h 07m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 45s  min/mile

This is my favorite part of tris. Of course I hadn't done a brick longer than 6 miles after a long bike. I knew I could handle it. I was worried that my legs were going burn up but when my hams started burning I would slow a little and lift up my heels. I walked every aide station which is something I have never done before. I thought my pace was good pretty much the entire time until about mile 8. I made up for it though. I drank water and Perform at every station and took an EFS shot every 45 minutes. This was fun and there were so many spectators. I enjoyed seeing my group 3 times and them cheering me on.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to walk the aide stations
Post race
Warm down:

Water and beer

Event comments:

I truly enjoyed this race and am amazed that I did this distance. I had done all the distances in the past just not all together. Two friends already had 2 or 3 HIM under their belt and I only planned on doing all sprints or Olys. When I did my first Oly and realized the swim was not much further, then I decided to sign up. I did this tri last year but the sprint so I was somewhat familiar with the course. I will absolutely be doing more HIM and hopefully this year. I will definitely plan on doing this one every year and just try to better my time. Great race and I had fun doing it the whole time which is really what matters to me.

Last updated: 2012-01-07 12:00 AM
00:43:25 | 1931 meters | 02m 15s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/123
Overall: 1585/2263
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Full
Course: Rectangle Left Turns
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:21:02 | 56 miles | 16.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/123
Overall: 1795/2263
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 04:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:07:43 | 13.1 miles | 09m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/123
Overall: 1422/2263
Performance: Good
Course: 3 loops and around the airport sucked
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-04-06 7:55 AM

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Subject: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas

2012-04-06 5:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas
Nice job, this is the first RR I've seen this year where someone enjoyed the entire run. And 6:20 is awsome for your first HIM.
2012-04-07 1:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas
Nice job!  You have inspired me to be more cheerful when enduring a beating on the run (was grumpy because my run time was worse then normal marathon pace).
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